CLIMATE AND ECOLOGICAL EMERGENCY: TAKING ACTION TOGETHER CONFERENCE
This national conference offers a range of speakers, discussions and action planning. to encourage communities to engage with their councils on climate and ecological emergency plans. You will need to book in advance.
Has your organisation declared a Climate (and Ecological) Emergency, committing to radically reduce its emissions and improve biodiversity by 2030? Are you a concerned activist or organisation focussed on ensuring the necessary climate action is taken in your locality? This online conference explores how councils, other public organisations, businesses, charities and communities can all work together to develop radical Action Plans to deliver on these commitments. For individuals, there are lots of sessions on how you can get involved and actions you can take either individually or collectively, in action groups or with your local councils.
We showcase current best practice and new ideas from across sectors. We provide examples of the most effective Actions Plans and launch a new checklist to help you develop yours. We focus not only on what councils and other organisations can achieve directly, but also on how they can involve others in the locality, utilising their skills and influencing them to take action.
Our first Conference was held at Lancaster Town Hall in March 2019, and was attended by 200+ Councillors, local authority officers, business leaders, educators, activists, young people, faith groups, health professionals and many others from all over the country. This year we are taking it online!
November 13 marks two years of Climate Emergency Declarations made by Councils in the UK, starting with Bristol. To date 300 UK Local Authorities (75%) have declared a 'Climate (and in some cases Ecological) Emergency, alongside more than 20 universities and a variety of other organisations including health authorities, professional bodies and the UK Parliament.
While the UK Government has said it will go carbon zero by 2050, many of these local declarations are leading the way, aiming for 2030 or earlier. As FutureGov reminds us: "Our public institutions are uniquely positioned to be catalysts for change. In the climate era, as we face one of the most challenging decades of our time, let’s use the full power of councils to strengthen our local communities and create a true sense of place and purpose."
Engaging communities is at the heart of change and is a central focus of the Conference. We showcase examples of how to inspire, involve, educate and inform, building truly transformative climate action. We are looking forward to seeing you online on 13 November.
SHOULD WE STOP FLYING
November 7, 2.00PM - 3.30PM
Aviation’s Contribution to the Climate Crisis. Anna Hughes, Director from Flight Free UK, will join Sussex Green Living's free online event to talk about the aviation industry, its contribution to climate change and what the alternatives are. Says Anna: ‘I will talk about our flight free 2020 pledge, and how the campaign started, as well as a little bit about my personal decision to stop flying around 10 years ago. I will talk about why we are running the campaign: how flying contributes to our carbon footprints, and why it’s such a big impact even though globally it’s only responsible for 5% of emissions.
As well as the climate impact I’ll talk about the social impact: how we can create change by taking personal action, and how that rubs off on other people and influences politics and industry. There will also be plenty of information about alternative forms of travel: trains, coaches and boats. I’ve done lots of travelling without flying, which is not only great for the environment, it’s a really fun way to travel’. Book your ticket at https://www.sussexgreenliving.co.uk/events-2020/ Find out more at www.flightfree.co.ukww.facebook.com/flightfreeuk
November 7, 11.00AM - 12.00PM
The annual Charleston to Charleston Festival in East Sussex will be held online this year with all events free. These include a Perfect Storm on Saturday, November 7, 2020 from 11am-12pm. Jenny Offill’s Weather, is a novel about modern family life set against the backdrop of the acute anxieties caused by climate change, political fracture, rampant social media, and addiction.
FLASH FLOODING IN HASSOCKS HIGH STREET
On Saturday 26th October, Hassocks was affected by flooding. In Keymer Road, water flooded shops near Spitalford Bridge. Kelly Harding of Bella June comments, “the entire community came together on that wet and cold evening - how incredible! There were people clearing the drains, the fire brigade pumping, people helping to clear the shops... just such a wonderful community. We are endlessly grateful for the support and help we received and continue to receive. Totally overwhelmed by the love of the Hassocks community. I wouldn’t want my shop anywhere else despite the flood risk!” Kelly is looking for nearby temporary premises which Bella June might use for about a week while the ruined floor is replaced.
Hayley Elphick of Reflex@42 recalls, “it was a terrible Saturday night to be honest, coming after everything that’s already happened this year. Thankfully, we now have sandbags, some angel of a man turned up at midnight with them and I cried all over the poor man!”
Juliet Merrifield, of HKD Transition, explains how the flooding happened: “surface water poured downhill to the lowest point. The drains were blocked with leaves blown off by the strong winds.” To help slow the flow of rainwater, Juliet suggests, “we can reduce the runoff from hard surfaces by planting trees, harvesting water from roofs into water butts and making sure driveways are permeable.” HKD Transition have been working to reduce pressure on local flooding pinpoints such as Spitalford Bridge. Margaret Ford of HKD Transition commented, “the flooding in the Parklands Road area might have been a great deal worse.” The Floods and SuDS group is a partnership between HKD Transition and Hassocks Community Organisation, with a lot of support from the Ouse and Adur Rivers Trust. The group have initiated various local flood interventions, such as the Rain Garden in Adastra Park. A couple of weeks ago, a group of twenty-five volunteers, working in bubbles of six and following social-distancing rules, were out mending dams in Lag Wood.
The owner of Lag Wood, Paul Roberts, provided chestnut stakes for the group and helped conduct a recent survey to monitor the condition of each dam. Alistair Whitby, of HKD Transition, explains: “these dams are essentially a couple of stakes in the riverbed with debris behind it. They’re designed to be leaky and are beneficial for biodiversity.” The water that forms behind the debris dams is beneficial for wildlife like macro-invertebrates, damselflies, dragonflies, coots and kingfishers. During high rainfall events, these dams can hold back a significant amount of water. Alistair adds, “it’s a natural way of making sure the water’s not running down into the village all at once. The key thing is to slow up the speed with which water hits a barrier. Spitalford Bridge can only hold so much water so as soon as the water is reaching it at a greater speed, the water starts backing up.”
Alistair comments, “climate change is exacerbating these high rainfall events and any way of holding the water back and releasing it more slowly is what we’re trying to do.” HKD is looking for more volunteers. To get involved, see www.hkdtransition.org.uk/flooding
REPAIR CAFE COMES TO HASSOCKS
Unfortunately the launch of Repair Cafe Hassocks has to be pushed back due to the lockdown. We will keep you posted of when we will open.
What can you do with a dress with a broken zip? A lamp with a frayed lead? A stool with a wobbly leg? A toy truck whose wheel has come off? A teddy bear with stuffing coming out? Bring it to the Repair Café Hassocks! Our team of volunteer repairers have had a lifetime of fixing things and now are willing to help fix your things too.
Barring changes in Covid-19 guidelines, Repair Café Hassocks will start on 28th November, then every month on Market Day (fourth Saturday) except December and August. We’ll be at the URC church at 23 Keymer Rd from 10am-1pm, ready to have a go at fixing things.
It may be that you don’t have a sewing machine, or arthritic fingers make it hard to do sewing that once was easy. Or maybe your household items are waiting for a new part or someone to glue it together. We can’t promise to fix everything, but we’ll try our best.
You can book items for repair via the
With current Covid-19 restrictions we won’t be operating the ‘café’ part but you can drop off items for repair and pick them up later that morning.
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